When Ritalin creates a high tolerance for alcohol

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, warns parents about ritalin abuse and how ritalin and alcohol can be a lethal combination
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When Ritalin creates a high tolerance for alcohol

One of the biggest concerns that we have in the society today pertaining to children, alcohol and drugs is combining drugs and alcohol. When you see someone who's overdose frequently, what you'll see is that they've combined a pill with an alcohol. And that that is the fatal cocktail that has killed them or put them into a coma. That is a concern, because they don't understand the biochemistry of what's going on. If they've been prescribed Ritalin for an ADHD or an ADD diagnosis, it is important to understand that that is one of the most abused drugs among adolescence and kids because Ritalin is recreationally used, passed around, ground up, snorted, taken and combined with pills. If there are pills that are being prescribed for ADD or ADHD, if there's Ritalin being prescribed, the parent needs to be in control of those pills and that needs to be given out specifically one pill at a time. It should never be up to the child's discretion to take the pill as they feel is needed. It's one of the more of the abused drugs in adolescence today.

Karen Khaleghi, PhD, warns parents about ritalin abuse and how ritalin and alcohol can be a lethal combination


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Karen Khaleghi, PhD

Co-founder of Creative Care Malibu

Dr. Karen Khaleghi is a pioneer in the field of dual diagnosis, or co-occurring drug and alcohol addiction along with mental health disorders. As one of the co-founders of Creative Care in Malibu and co-author of The Anatomy of Addiction, Dr. Karen speaks to parents and organizations about the formation of addiction, the critical aspects of nature and nurture and the resulting disconnection between emotions and behavior as well as the genesis of addiction and the path to recovery, a process she calls "connecting the dots." 

There are many things that set Dr. Karen Khaleghi apart from others including her individualized treatment approaches and excellent treatment facility Creative Care which is filled with clinical staff comprised of professionals that offer the highest standard of care in the industry. Karen graduated from California Graduate Institute with her Ph.D in 1989 and lives in Los Angeles, CA with her loving husband and children. Dr. Karen Khaleghi has been featured on The Today Show, KCAL 9, Dr. Phil and many others!


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